Shadows on our Skin

Shadows on our Skin

Jennifer Johnston / Jun 24, 2019

Shadows on our Skin Derry in the s teenager Joe Logan is growing up in the teeth of the Troubles having to cope with embittered parents a brother who s been away and come back with money and a gun in his pocket ha

  • Title: Shadows on our Skin
  • Author: Jennifer Johnston
  • ISBN: 9780747267911
  • Page: 122
  • Format: Paperback
  • Derry in the 1970s teenager Joe Logan is growing up in the teeth of the Troubles, having to cope with embittered parents, a brother who s been away and come back with money and a gun in his pocket, harsh school teachers, and the constant awareness of the military presence in the background Central to the story is the friendship that tentatively grows up between Joe and KDerry in the 1970s teenager Joe Logan is growing up in the teeth of the Troubles, having to cope with embittered parents, a brother who s been away and come back with money and a gun in his pocket, harsh school teachers, and the constant awareness of the military presence in the background Central to the story is the friendship that tentatively grows up between Joe and Kathleen, a young school teacher who brings a fresh perspective to his familiar world.

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        Jennifer Johnston is an Irish novelist and playwright.See contemporarywriters auLibrarian Note There is than one author in the GoodReads database with this name See this thread for information.


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    1. Originally published in the 1970's when Northern Ireland was in the midst of "The Troubles" where Catholic was pitched against Protestant and Irish against British. British soldiers walked the streets of Northern Ireland, homes were raided on the search for IRA soldiers and supporters. These were turbulent and frightening times for anybody to live in, especially a child.Shadows on Our Skin is the story of a young dreamer called Joe who lives with his ailing, cranky sick father and harsh, resentf [...]


    2. Thanks to Open Road Media and NetGalley for the opportunity to read this book .***************************************************************************** You'll find a piece of recent Irish history , soldiers in the street , the sounds of gunshots , people screaming . This is a routine day and night in the town of Derry in Northern Ireland during The Troubles , the unrest that spanned for thirty 30 years .While this ebook release of this 1977 novel depicts that time in NorthernIreland , this [...]


    3. Shadows on Our Skin was originally published in 1977, in the midst of The Troubles of Northern Ireland. And Troubles are what are depicted here on the community and personal levels, through the young boy, Joe Logan, and his family, as well as a young local teacher, Kathleen Doherty, who becomes Joe's friend. Then to heighten the tension, Joe's brother returns home from his job away in England.Joe Logan, growing up with a young poet's soul, is so lost amidst the violence, the mess of his family, [...]


    4. While I appreciated this novel, I can't say that I enjoyed it. Shortlisted for the 1977 Booker, the narrative revolves around schoolboy Joe, resident of a very bleakly portrayed Troubles scarred Derry, his over protective and extremely disagreeable mother, his 'veteran' cripple, drunk father, his brother Brendan, who arrives back in the city from England, and a schoolteacher from Wexford that befriends Joe, Kathleen. Joe's already difficult home life is further complicated by the dangers of the [...]


    5. Disclaimer: Digital ARC of the Open Road Media edition read via Netgalley. This book was apparently shortlisted for the Man Booker prize but to call it a book is slightly misleading for it is rather short. The sheer length or lack of length of the work is misleading because despite its shortness it is a heavy, morality tale that focuses on the Trouble and the conflicts that occurred not so much between Catholic and Protestant but between families as each member and the friends try to find a plac [...]


    6. This book was deservedly shortlisted for the 1977 Booker Prize. The author still lives in Derry, the site of this story. It is a simple story revolving around a boy and a female friend, a teacher, his brother, who is in the IRA, his semi-invalid father (supposedly an IRA hero), and his hardworking, bitter mother. The poverty of life in working class Derry permeates the book, a poverty worsened by the unrest of the Troubles. There are shootings nearly every day, yet young Joe walks back and forth [...]


    7. Joe Logan is a teenager growing up in Derry, Northern Ireland in the 70s, with the Troubles at their height. Their presence is palpable throughout the novel, whether as a potential danger, a night-time raid or just the sound of gunfire in the distance. But for Joe they are just a way of life and he is more concerned with negotiating life at home and school. Jennifer Johnston’s skill at characterisation is evident here, as Joe, a sensitive boy, comes alive on the page, and his relationship with [...]


    8. Even if I'd not enjoyed the plot of this book I'd have carried on reading it for the beautiful way in which it is written. Luckily, I really liked the story so reading it was a double win. Joe Logan, who appears to be about 12 or 13 years old, is growing up in Derry in a very dysfunctional family with The Troubles as the backdrop to his troubled life. He protects himself by a dream life and writing poetry. A chance meeting with a young female teacher brings light into his life but this light is [...]


    9. Captures the grey hopelessness of Derry during the troubles; contrasts the oppressive fear and anger of a terrorised community with the poetic fancies of Joe and his accidental friend, school teacher Kathleen, who takes him on outings and feeds his soul as much as his body. It all comes unstuck when Joe's brother Brendan takes a fancy to Kathleen at the same time as he develops an involvement with the Provos, following his father's mythical and heroic past. When Joe, in a fit of jealousy, reveal [...]


    10. I both loved and hated this book. Hated only because of what was happening at that time in Northern Ireland. I personally cannot imagine such an existence-to live in fear and uncertainty. Jennifer Johnston is an amazing writer. She captures the time and the people so well. It really is a memorable novel. The final 3 pages are burned into my mind and soul.



    11. This is a skillfully told story set in Derry during the Troubles, a child protagonist, a teacher, a brother on the edge of the IRA, parents filled with anger and bitterness.


    12. After having studied 'The Illusionist' for my A-levels, I decided to read more of Johnston's prose as I really enjoyed the Illusionist after the second reading (Johnston's style is somewhat hard to grasp upon first reading). As many reviews have said, I really do adore Johnston's economical but poignant writing style. She can portray very psychologically nuanced characters without going on some pompous stream-of-consciousness as some writers have a tendency to fall into. I really enjoyed the fac [...]


    13. A small book covering a lot of emotional and historical territory. Although a slow reader, I was able to finish it in one day. It is well written, the characters well drawn, lovely descriptions in which words become almost palpable. Still, for me, it failed to rise to the level of a great novel. Except for the protagonist, a schoolboy named Joe, all the characters were somewhat sketchy. One is curious about their fate, to be sure, but not with the intense caring about fully rounded and deeply fe [...]


    14. An exquisite, sad little book about a boy growing up in Derry during the Troubles. Johnston does an uncommonly fine job of capturing Joe Logan's age and maturity: the opposing naivete and worldliness of a boy his age are richly detailed, serving as they do as the catalyst for the book's unspoken tragedy. I'd absolutely recommend this short read to anyone who wants an insider look at what it was like growing up in the Troubles through the eyes of a boy protected from some, not all, of its darkest [...]


    15. Books about the troubles are always depressing but she does well in describing the influence of the forces of oppression (security forces/facist-like provos) on a family and the bitter useless father is well done.



    16. [This book was provided to me for no monies by the publisher, Open Road Media, facilitated in this act by NetGalley. I thanks them for it.]I had never heard of Jennifer Johnston until this book cropped up in my feed, which is surprising given the amount she's written and the awards she's picked up. On the other hand, given the trouble I'm having trying to think of anything to say about this book, maybe I can understand it.Published in 1977 and short-listed for the Booker Prize, Shadows on Our Sk [...]


    17. This may be a book "of its time" (& place) as it is set in and originally published 70s Northern Ireland during the Troubles. However I found it a very worthwhile read now with an insight into a microcosm of life there at that time. Seen through the eyes of Joe, a young boy, and his family in Derry (Londonderry) it paints an effective and evocative picture of the time and place. It is beautifully written with a very poetic feel to it not least of which because poetry interests Joe far more t [...]


    18. This may be a book "of its time" (& place) as it is set in and originally published 70s Northern Ireland during the Troubles. However I found it a very worthwhile read now with an insight into a microcosm of life there at that time. Seen through the eyes of Joe, a young boy, and his family in Derry (Londonderry) it paints an effective and evocative picture of the time and place. It is beautifully written with a very poetic feel to it not least of which because poetry interests Joe far more t [...]


    19. Shadows on Our SkinBook Description:Recognized as a small masterpiece when first published in 1977, and shortlisted for the Booker Prize. A poignant novel about a boy in Derry jolted into early adulthood by harsh circumstances.------Not everyone remembers the horror of The Troubles in Northern Ireland--the murders, the bombings, the checkpoints, the constant guerrilla warfare. A terrible time, a time of great violence; mothers didn't want their children on the street for fear of gunfire.This nov [...]


    20. A fairly slight novel about the Troubles, from the point of view of a boy of indeterminate age. He still goes to school, even though he does badly. He keeps his nose clean because his mother asks him to, much to the chagrin of the father, a drunken sot who was once a hero. Joe makes the friendship of a young teacher, who provides him with company, if nothing else. Then his brother comes back to involve himself with the rebels, and stuff happens.Well. I'm not sure what really happened, because th [...]


    21. I really enjoyed this short coming of age story set against the background of a troubled (London)derry in the mid-1970's. The author makes reference to the sectarian violence in such an understated way, it makes you realise how much it was part of ordinary people's lifes. The descriptive writing is fine, pared down and austere, and although writing about a very different experience, I am reminded of Jane Gardam, who I also enjoy.Much of its context might be lost on (or puzzle) someone who is not [...]


    22. This book first came out in 1977 and is a small snapshot of a boy and his family living in Derry, Northern Ireland. Joe's father is a legend in his own mind about being in the civil war and the older son, Brendan is away in England earning a few bob. Joe meets Kathleen, a teacher at a girls school and they form an unlikely friendship. All is reasonably well until Brendan comes back to town and falls for Kathleen, and it all falls apart from there.I did enjoy it. It's a short book, just over 200 [...]


    23. I received a copy of this book from NetGalley.I did not read this when it came out in the 70s, but as an American Irish Catholic, was very much aware of "the troubles". It was a horrible time for both sides in this seemingly never ending conflict.The novel is a wonderful coming of age in these troubled times books. Joe is a sensitive teen age boy, who cares more about poetry than maths, carries the burden of his mother's hopes and dreams after his brother returns to join the struggle and is also [...]


    24. Not exactly uplifting, this novel was nevertheless a book that will remain in my memory for a very long time. Jennifer Johnston writes with great skill and empathy.My complete review of "Shadows on our skin" can be found on my blog:Fictionophile


    25. Interesantna i dosta mračna knjiga koja odlično prenosi sumornost postojanja običnih ljudi u ratom zahvaćenoj Sjevernoj Irskoj."Ne znam točno za što sam uopće rođena. Ponesu me vlastiti osjećaji. Jamam svrhe. Što to znači? Valjda to da ne znam koja je svrha mog životai to mi smeta. Puno ljudi ne zna, i to im ne smeta. Meni smeta. Htjela bih znati kamoti sigurna u nešto."


    26. Beautiful sad read. Captures the awfulness and divisiveness of life under occupation through the eyes of a young boy. The story is told with sympathy but without sentimentality. Highly recommended.


    27. A moving small novel taking place in Northern Ireland during the uprisings in that country from the eyes of a bright child who is on the cusp of manhood. The reader is transported to that time and place by the beautiful writing of the author.


    28. Four and one-fourth stars, really. This was a beautiful, delicate, sad little book. The perfect quick read for a rainy afternoon.


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